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Oct 25, 2014

Juric strike gives Western Sydney edge in Asian final

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A goal from second-half substitute Tomi Juric gave Western Sydney Wanderers a 1-0 victory over Al-Hilal in the first leg of the Asian Champions League final at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday.

Wanderers, aiming to become the first Australian team to win Asia’s biggest club prize, were under the cosh for the first hour of the match until the Socceroos striker Juric came on for Brendon Santalab.

Oct 25, 2014

Soccer-Juric strike gives Western Sydney edge in Asian final

SYDNEY, Oct 25 (Reuters) – A goal from second-half subtitute Tomi Juric gave Western Sydney Wanderers a 1-0 victory over Al-Hilal in the first leg of the Asian Champions League final at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday.

Wanderers, aiming to become the first Australian team to win Asia’s biggest club prize, were under the cosh for the first hour of the match until the Socceroos striker Juric came on for Brendon Santalab.

Oct 24, 2014

Wallaby Beale fined but escapes ban for offensive text

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Utility back Kurtley Beale has been fined 45,000 Australian dollars (24,679 British pounds) for sending an offensive text, but has escaped a ban after being cleared of sending a second “more offensive” photograph, the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) said on Friday.

The 25-year-old, who has played 47 times for his country, was accused of sending “deeply offensive” text messages about team business manager Di Patston, following a heated row on a flight for a test against Argentina in June and was suspended pending tribunal.

Oct 24, 2014

Rugby-Wallaby Beale fined but escapes ban for offensive text

SYDNEY, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Utility back Kurtley Beale has been fined 45,000 Australian dollars ($39,559) for sending an offensive text, but has escaped a ban after being cleared of sending a second “more offensive” photograph, the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) said on Friday.

The 25-year-old, who has played 47 times for his country, was accused of sending “deeply offensive” text messages about team business manager Di Patston, following a heated row on a flight for a test against Argentina in June and was suspended pending tribunal.

Oct 24, 2014

Giant-slaying Wanderers ready for biggest game – Popovic

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Western Sydney Wanderers have already confounded huge odds by reaching the Asian Champions League final at the first attempt but their players are in no mood to settle for that, coach Tony Popovic said on Friday.

The two-year-old Australian club take on Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia in the first leg of the final at their Parramatta Stadium home on Saturday, having seen off a string of the biggest clubs in Asia in their maiden continental campaign.

Oct 24, 2014

Soccer-Giant-slaying Wanderers ready for biggest game – Popovic

SYDNEY, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Western Sydney Wanderers have already confounded huge odds by reaching the Asian Champions League final at the first attempt but their players are in no mood to settle for that, coach Tony Popovic said on Friday.

The two-year-old Australian club take on Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia in the first leg of the final at their Parramatta Stadium home on Saturday, having seen off a string of the biggest clubs in Asia in their maiden continental campaign.

Oct 24, 2014

Soccer-Al-Hilal’s pedigree means nothing in Asian final – coach

SYDNEY, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Al-Hilal’s long history of success will mean nothing when they take on upstarts Western Sydney Wanderers in the Asian Champions League (ACL) final first leg on Saturday, coach Laurentiu Reghecampf said on Friday.

The Saudi Arabian club, founded in 1957, have won their domestic title a record 13 times and were twice continental champions in 1991 and 2000 prior to its re-branding as the ACL.

Oct 23, 2014

Soccer-Fairytale Wanderers two steps from Asia’s ultimate prize

SYDNEY, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Little more than two years ago Western Sydney Wanderers had three members of staff and were being run out of a suburban kitchen. This weekend they play for the biggest prize in Asian football.

The fairytale rise of the club has been little short of extraordinary and the Asian Champions League final against Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal could provide a triumphant climax — to the opening chapters at least.

Oct 22, 2014

Cheika confirmed as Australia coach in place of McKenzie

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Michael Cheika was confirmed as the new coach of Australia on Wednesday and immediately charge with leading the Wallabies to a third World Cup triumph in England next year.

Four days after Ewen McKenzie dramatically quit the job to plunge Australian rugby deeper into crisis after the Kurtley Beale texting scandal, the 47-year-old was handed a three-year contract as the third Wallabies coach in the last 15 months.

Oct 22, 2014

Rugby-Cheika confirmed as Australia coach in place of McKenzie

SYDNEY, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Michael Cheika was confirmed as the new coach of Australia on Wednesday and immediately charge with leading the Wallabies to a third World Cup triumph in England next year.

Four days after Ewen McKenzie dramatically quit the job to plunge Australian rugby deeper into crisis after the Kurtley Beale texting scandal, the 47-year-old was handed a three-year contract as the third Wallabies coach in the last 15 months.

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